|Coconut Island is a private and exclusive island
guesthouse in the backwaters of Kerala, South India. The island is 150
meters from the shore in Canoli canal - a man made canal built for
navigation in 1848. There are no inhabitants in the island other than
Brahminy Kites, Pond herons, King fishers, Owls and crabs. The island is
a coconut plantation. Other than Coconut trees, there are mango trees,
Gooseberry, Neem and a natural garden. The south end of the island is
kept as a wild garden for birds. It has mango trees and
||The island is meant for one family. There is only one
large cottage in the island. This can accommodate 2 adults + 1 extra bed
for an adult or 2 adults + 2 extra beds for 2 children. The cottage
consists of one spacious bedroom of 180 square foot and 320 square foot
The house is designed and built according to Vasthu - an ancient Indian
knowledge of Architecture promising peace, prosperity and happiness to
the inhabitants. It is in traditional kerala design with open verandah
at all sides. The wooden pillars collected from old wooden houses
supports the roof around the verandah. The sealing is done with Mahogany
wood in traditional fashion.
|The bedroom has two cozy beds on beautifully carved
wooden coats. The room is well equipped with large wooden almiraha,
writing desk, dressing table, tea-poy and chairs etc. The room has
enough privacy and the beautiful views through six large windows and two
doors. The island always has good breeze and very fine climate. The
bedroom has sealing fan. No AC.
Large - 150 square foot - open roof bath garden with granite floor has
cold / hot water showers and all the modern fittings.
There are families living 200 meters away on both side of the river. The
local people are very friendly and welcoming. Being a remote village,
every body knows each other. And we are also known to each other. The
staff comes from the village itself. There are 3
staff in the island and
two of them sleeps there. At night, there would be fishermen (known to
our staff) fishing near the island as well. There are mobile phones in
the island. There is no
battery backup incase of power
The water for Cooking, for bathroom and for watering plants comes by
boat from the main land. The quality of the water is often checked at
the lab by us.
There is another house in the island serves as a complete kitchen. The
kitchen is spacious and open to guests at any time. The varandha of this
house also commands a good view to the backwaters and serves as a choice
of dining place. A fishermen's family from the neighborhood cooks for
the guests. They are experts in preparing all kerala dishes. The guests
are also welcome in the kitchen to prepare any dishes of their tastes.
|The breakfast is like
Puttu (steamed rice cake), Blackgram curry, Pappadam, Bananas, Pineapple
Juice, Tea / coffee.
Iddaly, Chutni, Samabar, Pappaya, Pineapple Juice, Tea / coffee.
Ada (rice + coconut + jagerry), Pappaya, Pineapple Juice, Tea / coffee.
Idiyappam, vegitable stew, Bananas, Pineapple Juice, Tea / coffee.
Dosa, Chutni, Samabar, Bananas, Pineapple Juice, Tea / coffee.
The Lunch is like Rice, Sambar, Aviyal, curd, Pappadam, Fried
fish, Fish curry / fish molly, Spinage, Pinapple / desert.
Dinner is like Chappathi, rice, fried fish, Vegitable Kuruma,
Vegitable dry curry etc.